Wednesday, June 29, 2011

real wedding - St Paul, MN::Burke+Brittany

The first time I met Brittany her eyes sparkled as she told me about how Burke proposed with fireworks [well, okay! a sparkler-but the thought was still there}! :) It was evident from the start that Burke & Brittany are a match made in heaven..or on Whichever you prefer! :)
The day that their wedding shined upon them, their love could not have been more evident.
One thing that I cherish seeing on a wedding day, is the groom and his emotions. They are so raw and real. Burke made me smile throughout the day as I watched him stare at his new bride with complete love and adoration. I'm pretty confident his eyes welled up on more than one occasion, too. :)
This was my 1st wedding of the season, and it could not have fallen on more a perfect day. I was beyond honored to spend the day loving on this sweet couple, and making their dream wedding come true.

Their bridal party was hands down amazing! I was IN LOVE with them!
The first look. One of many emotionally beautiful moments.

So adorable. 

I had the privilege of making their photo montage that was played at the reception. You can see the montage here!

                       Congratulations to this lovely and beautiful couple. I seriously love you guys!

Along the day, I worked with some amazing vendors which is always such a joy for me. I love being with other vendors who take pride in their work, and put all their heart into it. It really shines through.

Photography: Emily Steffen {I can't say enough about how amazing Emily is! She has so much JOY, and love for life!}
Florist: Sadies Floral
Hair & Make-up: Smart and Chic
Reception Venue: Como
Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church
Cake: Queen of Cakes
Popcorn Buffet: Lasting Impressions by Amy
Chair covers: Decki

xo and many hugs,

Friday, June 10, 2011

fav moments.

I've been asked before what my fav moments are of a wedding day. I have several, there is not just one. It's the parts of the day that I get seriously giddy about, and wait for. It makes my cup run over, and the smile on my face can light up a stage. {yes, I just said that!}
Here are a list-in no particular order-that you will see me ready to do somersaults over on a wedding day.
1. The moments before the bride walks down the aisle.
This moment, not many are privy too. It's very private and sacred. I fluff thEE dress, straighten the veil, look the bride in the eyes and whisper words to only her. I look over at the father, and his eyes glisten with tears. He reaches over and grabs her hand and squeezes it. She tells him she loves him....oh gosh. I cherish that moment and am so honored to be a part of it.
2. Father-Daughter dance.
Something about this is so special. This is their time to bask in each others embrace. A time set aside for JUST them. It always causes my eyes to tear.
3. Grandparents.
I love grandparents. {enough said}
4. The first look.
I have a preference towards first looks. They are so special, and so intimate.
5. Family prayers.
These don't happen at every wedding, so I really cherish them at the weddings I do see them at. Before the ceremony, the family comes around the bride, or the groom {or both} and prays over the day. You will see me in the background wiping away tears and agreeing. It is so powerful.

What are your favorite moments of a wedding day?

I'm off to another beautiful wedding weekend, full of memories and JOY! Have a delightful weekend, friends!
xo, Liz

Friday, June 3, 2011

A star.

As a wedding coordinator, it's very easy to get trapped into the details of the wedding day and, for me, forget why I love this. Don't get me wrong, details-gosh, I love them. a lot.
But details on a wedding day is not the reason I started this business.
I started this business so that every bride would feel like a princess. Because every couple deserves the opportunity to have a day that is completely stress free and beautiful.
This desire has evolved over the years into a deep love for what a wedding holds in its form. The essence, if you will.
The wedding day is the beginning to a new start; a new chapter for couples. This is the day they become one unit. And that? That is so powerful and amazing.
...and to me, beyond beautiful.
I challenge myself when I get caught into the overwhelming-ness of owning and operating a business to stop. breathe. and completely re-focus. Why do I do what I do? Am I getting lost in it? Or am I growing and being the person that God has made me to be? Am I shining? Or am I flickering away?
I believe in my heart that even though some days are hard, & some days I may be flickering, I always come out shining.
Like a star.

A couple in the moment. These looks make my heart melt every time.